Monday, May 21, 2007


I'm back. When I left last the story of real estate woe, we were in limbo as our potential neighbor has threatened suit over a new roof. Well, things worked out and it turns out that, at least to some degree, things had gotten blown out of proportion through the real estate telephone game (seller agent talks to roofing company who talked to neighbor; seller agent talks to our agent who talks to us, and so on). The seller offered to replace the neighbor's roof (which I actually understood after taking a closer look at the roof), and neighbor signed a hold harmless agreement (that's lawyerspeak for he ain't gonna sue anyone). So we ended up closing as planned, though a little later. I was apprehensive about moving in next door to a potentially volatile neighbor who doesn't keep his yard in the best shape, but at the end of the day we couldn't walk away without a substantial risk of having to a fight a breach of contract claim. Real Estate Law I don't know much about, but contracts I know. So we've had possession for just over a week, and as of last Friday we are officially moved in. So far so good with the neighbor who I actually recognize from a former temp gig at my current employer. They are seemingly nice people and seem very quiet for the most part. So that ends the story of real estate transaction woe, and now we begin the home ownership journey.

We spent the first week moving things over slowly and doing some painting. Thanks to the help of my sister we were able to get just about everything painted that we wanted to do immediately before we moved in...
Dining Room
The casual dining room that opens into the kitchen. The green color goes into the kitchen and the other color continues through the downstairs and upstairs hallways. This room opens with French doors onto a deck. The green color is Valspar paint color Moon Tide and the other color is a Martha Stewart color called Hemp Rope. I want to pick a third accent color to use for a few things in the kitchen, but can't decide. Any suggestions?

We also painted our, still sparse, bedroom.
Note the weird reflections from the light fixture. This room is still sparse and we need to hang some pictures and find some bedside tables. But for now at least our clothes are generally put away and we have a bed. The color here is Benjamin Moore Blue Bayou. It's a little brighter in the picture than it is in reality. Just so you know, you can indeed get significant amounts of spilled latex paint out of carpet. If you don't believe me, ask my sister.

Most importantly, this will be my craft room.
Craft Room
This is definitely a work in progress and will probably not be touched much until fall/ winter. I want to paint the walls a pink color and then the lighting and shelving will need to be addressed. This is in a walkout basement, and just has one small window letting natural light in. It isn't ideal, but it will be completely devoted to my large collection of craft stuff. I can't believe the tremendous amount of crafting supplies I have - even after a serious unloading of stuff at Goodwill.

So, I won't bore you with the remainder of the pictures. BUt if you are interested, I've posted them to a set on flickr.

Next time, my early attempts at a (small) garden. It is already mid-May, and so I had to get things planted. My lofty goals of a large bed in the back of the property were subdued for something more practical. More later. Unfortunately, the knitting content is still sparse. I do have a baby sweater that needs to be completed for a coworker who just gave birth.

6 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Webbies said...

congrats! Looks like some real progress is being made!

Wool Winder said...

Congratulations, homeowner! I had to go look at all of your pictures with the detailed description. I'm so excited for you. You guys found a great place. I love all the balconies and the three seasons room. Have fun decorating.

Debbie said...

Congratulations! I'm glad you got the icky legal stuff worked out. Everything looks lovely.

Knittripps said...

Congratulations! I am so glad everything worked out for you. I can't wait to see what you do with your garden.

Heather said...

So glad you are back - I am so envious of the craft room. Can’t wait to see what comes out of it.

Lia said...

I love the colors - they look fantastic. I am a real wimp when it comes to using color in decorating, and tend to go with the cream walls ...

I'm glad the thing with your neighbor worked out, and you are happy with your new home. Congratulations!!

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